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No Motivation to Make a Worse Product – Therefore Patentable?

by Dennis Crouch Spectrum Pharma and the University of Strathclyde v. Sandoz Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015) In this case the Federal Circuit shoots down two fairly silly arguments, but not without first giving them full credence and consideration.  Although the patentee lost here, the Federal Circuit appears to agree with the patentee that its less-pure compound […]

Unredeemed Borders Gift Cards are Officially Worthless

Any shoppers still holding on to Borders gift cards can finally toss them in the trash. The U.S. Supreme Court this week said it won’t take up a case that could have given holders of the defunct book seller’s gift cards a chance to turn the languishing plastic into cash.

The White House Turns Its Attention To Legal Aid With LAIR

46 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

The federal government is formally making legal aid a priority.

Cybersecurity – Sometimes The Problem Is You

47 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

The weak link is often not the software you use to store your files; it’s you and your policies (or lack of policies) for accessing files.

Reddit's New 'Upvoted' Clickbait Website Will Ignore Everything That's Great About Reddit

1 hour agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Reddit of course has been trying to balance advertising with the website's uncontrollable, valuable, but occasionally ugly democratic side for some time with decidedly mixed results. The company's recent new content moderation policy...Show More Summary

Goat-Sacrificing Lawyer Making Headlines Again

Longtime readers were not surprised by the recent controversy surrounding a Florida lawyer.

NSA Screws Up Another Thing: EU Court Of Justice Throws The Internet For A Loop In Ending Safe Harbor

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the fact that it appeared that the EU Court of Justice was likely to throw out the EU-US data protection safe harbor as invalid, following a case brought over the NSA's snooping on US tech companies -- and now it has happened. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Screws Over Lawyers, Bans Line-Standers

The Supreme Court offers half-hearted reform at the expense of lawyers in a cynical bid to quiet the media.

NLJ Correspondents Preview the Supreme Court Term

Marcia Coyle, the NLJ's senior Washington correspondent, spoke Monday night with PBS NewsHour host Judy Woodruff about the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court term. NLJ's congressional correspondent, Mike Sacks, offered his assessment on the term during an appearance on "The Morning Briefing with Tim Farley" on Sirius XM's POTUS channel.       

Is the Canadian Government Misleading the Public on the TPP Copyright Provisions?

The initial Canadian press coverage on the conclusion of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations has unsurprisingly focused on the dairy sector, with word that the government plans to effectively create a milk tax by transferring billions of dollars to dairy farmers without any evidence of loss. Show More Summary

Beyond Biglaw: The Importance Of Good Visuals

We are being trained as a society to “consume” visually, and lawyers need to come to grips with this reality.

ERISA Violations Involving Group Savings Plans and Other Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans

4 hours agoIndustries / Law : Zamansky

Many individuals who work for companies that offer retirement plans have virtually their entire life savings – or at least a significant portion of it – invested either with or through their employer. When this is the case, and whenShow More Summary

14 Mayors Have To Join Forces And Beg Verizon To Upgrade Its DSL Network

5 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've long noted how it's now Verizon's modus operandi to take millions in subsidies and tax cuts from state or local governments in exchange for delivering fiber optic broadband upgrades. Except time and time and time again those fiber upgrades never actually arrive, and just as often the impacted states or cities let Verizon get away with it. Show More Summary

3 Lifehacks for Surviving Law School

If you finally made it into law school, take a short moment to pat yourself on the back. You should congratulate yourself -- or console yourself. Law school can be a life-changing experience, but it can also seem life-threatening -- at least in terms of your sanity.Below is a......

5 Reasons to Open a Second Office for Your Law Practice

Many lawyers wonder about opening second offices, sometimes known as "branch offices" or "satellite offices." There are many factors to weigh before opening the doors to your second location, including whether business can justify the cost, and whether or not a second office would compromise the quality of the representation......

American Apparel Files for Bankruptcy After Years of Scandal

American Apparel filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this morning. The once-hip retailer popularized metallic spandex leggings and made-in-LA t-shirts in the early 2000s but has struggled with waning sales and tumbling stock prices. The company warned investors in August that it might not have the funds needed to meet......

The High Court Is Back! Cases to Watch for the October 2015 Term

The Supreme Court reconvened this morning for the first oral arguments of the October 2015 term. The last term was full of headline-making cases. The Court recognized a fundamental right to same-sex marriage. It upheld Obamacare against another of seemingly endless challenges. It drastically reshaped public signage laws. (Okay,......

Morning Docket: 10.06.15

While we're loath to continue giving this woman airtime, it turns out that infamous Kentucky clerk Kim Davis's law firm, Liberty Counsel, was recently declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. This fits the overall narrative...Show More Summary

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